Unexpectedly low numbers of minke whales have been reported from the west coast of Scotland compared to previous years, but instead unprecedented numbers of the species are occurring in the St George’s Channel off Pembrokeshire.
On 17th August a minimum of 12 minke whales were seen feeding in one small area off west Pembrokeshire together with hundreds of common dolphins.
In north-east Scotland, orcas have become regular, and, further south, on the Moray Firth and Grampian coasts there have been lots of bottlenose dolphin sightings as well as minke whales joining schools of white-beaked dolphins which have been seen from the shore at the entrance to Aberdeen harbour.
There has been a sprinkling of porpoise and bottlenose dolphin sightings from Northumberland south to Kent and Sussex, and South-west England has already had numbers of common dolphin and bottlenose dolphin sightings so far.
The fin whale group comprised of one large individual – around 18 metres length slightly smaller one, two sub-adults and two rather small calves that were probably born last winter.